Despair: Still no majority support for most specific budget cuts

But across 18 areas of federal spending, a majority of Republicans support decreasing spending in just one: aid to the world’s needy. In one other area, unemployment assistance, 50 percent of Republicans polled said they would decrease spending (far higher than the 11 percent who said they would increase it), but in all others the number saying funds should be cut is under the 50 percent mark.

When it comes to three big ticket items – Social Security, Medicare and defense spending – more Republicans want increases than decreases in federal outlays.